Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pincushions!

Cleanup has gone well so far. Massive amounts of fabric has been sorted and stored, and I tackled a very cluttered cabinet. By the time I got most of that done, one thing stood out just by the quantity.
I have massive numbers of pincushions!


Now to sort them by category:
  • Would never even consider getting rid of it 
  • Well, maybe it’s time to let this one go
  • Why do I still have this?
A few minutes later ...
Half of the pincushions are gone. Nope, I’m not showing you which ones.
Have a fun Sunday!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sewing Room Overhaul

The past few years have been hard on my organizational skills. However, things are getting back to normal and I'm going to add a table to my room.
This means major reorganization, clean out, and furniture rearrangement.
I'm already in the middle of moving almost everything out in order to bring in just what really needs to be here.
Before pictures? You'd like before pictures?
It's rather embarrassing, since it's such a mess, but here you go. It's not the original state, since I've been bagging things and grouping them together for a little while.
Each one of these messes was created by one tiny decision after another to "just put it here for now and take care of it later."






Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jack and his chain has me fascinated

The Jack's Chain is an interesting pattern, and challenging with its combination of triangles, hexagons and nine patches. Y seams!!!

In recent years I've vowed to prioritize and only start new projects that I absolutely cannot resist doing. The projects I lose sleep over because I'm constantly trying to figure it out.
The normal Jack's Chain is not one of those projects. Circles arranged tidily next to each other, it's a pretty pattern, but didn't cross my threshold of "must-do" patterns.

Then came Ring Cycles, a pattern by Lessa Siegele.
Her trick, which drove me to distraction, goes like this.
Jack's Chain traditional patterns generally have the blocks abutting each other, nine patch to nine patch.
Ring Cycles abuts triangles instead. Put enough of them together and you have interlocking circles. That put me over the top. I bought the pattern, the fabric, had someone laser cut the pieces for me, and I'm off. My obsession of 2017 (and probably 2018 as well).
On the left are the fabrics I've chosen, all Philip Jacobs.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Re-opening this blog in a limited way

Just to let you know, I'll use this blog as my non-Facebook place to share my quilt pictures and et ceteras. Posts won't be frequent, but I'll at least show you my more interesting projects.




Saturday, August 8, 2015

More or less closing this blog and Blooming 9 Patch from Paula Nadelstern fabrics

While still posting the occasional picture or message, I'm officially putting this blog on pause.
Here are some pics of my latest quilt. Thanks for reading.
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This is a Blooming Nine Patch made from a Cotton Club fabric kit at http://www.cottonclub.com/
The kit itself is Paula Nadelstern fabrics (remember my puzzle quilt?) in the Palindrome Fire line.
I LOVED making this quilt. Cotton Club delivered a great set of fabrics and I never had problems with enough fabric to make the fussy cuts I wanted to make (see the detail photos below).























Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shark washcloth pattern

Jessica of Running with scissors has a wonderful shark washcloth pattern (also a crocodile and a fish).
I put one together this morning, very easy. If you plan for adults to use this, make sure it's wide enough to accommodate their hands. The size I cut was as wide as an A4 sheet of paper, and I can't get my thumb in.

My seams were double-stitched with a zigzag, which helps keep in the bits and pieces of the cut terry cloth. It would be a great serger project. Also, if this is for a baby gift, make sure you use laundry soap that has no perfumes, etc.

http://www.running-w-scissors.com/2010/04/washcloth-puppet-tutorial.html#.U-cVEL2SzD4 


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nadelstern Puzzle Quilt class - more is more!!!

At the Karlsruhe Nadelwelt quilt show, Paula Nadelstern gave classes as well as displayed some of her finest quilts. I had the pleasure of taking her Puzzle Quilt class.
This class is based on several of her design principles, including:
  • Use kaleidoscope techniques and ideas on simple blocks to create your own unique designs
  • Use complex fabrics to create visual interest
  • Enjoy the process of using coordinating fabrics to hide the block seams, creating a different block
We were also treated to a personal tour of her quilts on display at the show, she even showed us a few of her quilt label signature blocks.

Here are a few pictures from the class, the blue-green block is mine.
The Puzzle Quilt book is good to buy and read before class, the teaching reinforces the book.

I can heartily recommend this class if you want to enhance your design skills and love playing with the patterns on the fabric.
One thing I miss is seeing quilts by students who have learned these techniques in the internet. Her quilts are samplers of the blocks, done in her current fabric line. Let me know if you see anyone who's used these techniques.
My quilt (only 1 block so far) will not be a puzzle quilt, but rather a design using the techniques I learned to make a quilt I love.